Moylan-Sponsored Legislation Protecting Free Speech Rights Passes Committee

10/21/2015

“Citizen participation is a vital part of democracy,” Moylan said. “People should be free to voice their opinion about developments in their neighborhood without fear of a lawsuit being filed against them.”

Senate Bill 1447 was introduced in response to a lawsuit filed against several citizens in Park Ridge who spoke against a proposed development at a zoning board meeting. The zoning board then decided to reject the proposed development, and the developer sued to have the zoning board decision reversed. The developer named the individual citizens who spoke at the meeting as defendants in the lawsuit.

Senate Bill 1447 passed the senate by a 50-0 vote in April and is now eligible for consideration by the full house.

“This bill helps prevent frivolous lawsuits and protects the first amendment rights of citizens,” said Moylan. “Protecting the integrity of public meetings by allowing full citizen participation is important for the health of our democracy and communities.”

For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at 847-635-6821 or staterepmoylan@gmail.com.